Complimentary bikes are available for your enjoyment. Marin County has some of the most spectacular trails and views in Northern California, so during your visit with us enjoy a day on the bike trails of Marin. We would be happy to provide you with suggested routes and scenic parts of our city and county for you to visit. You can take a leisurely ride along Richardson Bay and into historic downtown Mill Valley, circle around Richardson Bay and glide into Sausalito or for the more adventurous you can tackle Mount Tamalpias and the many mountain biking trails.
Mill Valley – Sausalito Trail
Mill Valley-Sausalito Trail is a convenient connection between neighborhoods, schools, shopping, restaurants and a skate park. There is also an adjacent dog park, Mill Valley Dog Park. Between the skate and dog parks, on a nice day there can be all kinds of excitement and an assortment of aerobatic displays by both man and beast alike to enjoy. The short dirt section at the north end is just a minor neighborhood connection and can easily be omitted if you are riding a bike or skating.
This trail provides the only bicycle and pedestrian connection between Sausalito and the rest of Marin County. So this trail gets lots of cyclists of all speeds.
The trail passes through some tidal mudflats and wetlands. Lots of birding opportunities. Continuing North the trail passes through parks of Mill Valley.
The trail deadends north of Vasco Ct; If you are continuing to Corte Madera, there are two routes over the hill. The easiest route is Horsehill trail along the west side of US 101. Follow the signs to Lomita Dr east. The more difficult route is Camino Alto. This route seems to be more popular with speed cyclists even though it is a higher pass, on a narrow road with no shoulders. I suggest printing a detailed map of this part of the city so you get to Camino Alto without backtracking.
Old Railroad Grade Trail
As it winds up to the eastern peak of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, this picturesque trail offers an exhilarating combination of far-reaching views, history and challenge. The trail follows the route originally carved out for the Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway, which opened in 1896 and soon gained international fame as the "Crookedest Railroad in the World."
Boasting a total of 281 curves and 22 trestles, the route featured a unique feat of engineering called the double bowknot, a place where a track paralleled itself five times to gain elevation in a very small area on the mountain. Visitors flocked to the railroad, many to experience the "gravity cars," small four-wheel carts that whisked passengers down the mountain at 10 to 12 miles per hour.
Like the scenic railway that preceded it, the Old Railroad Grade is anything but typical. It is a steady climb to the 2,571-foot-high East Peak (the highest point on Mt. Tam), and you should expect a challenging—and rewarding—trip to the top.